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'Shun security,' I advise aspiring novelists when they complain to me that they are stuck. 'Get disoriented. Maybe your agonizing writing block isn't agonizing enough. Your enemy is comfort.'
John Burdett

Meaning of "agonizing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AGONIZING

agonizing  [ˈæɡənaɪzɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AGONIZING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Agonizing is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES AGONIZING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of agonizing in the English dictionary

The definition of agonizing in the dictionary is causing acute mental pain. Other definition of agonizing is causing acute physical pain.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH AGONIZING


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ˈædvəˌtaɪzɪŋ
agonising
ˈæɡəˌnaɪzɪŋ
attitudinising
ˌætɪˈtjuːdɪnaɪzɪŋ
attitudinizing
ˌætɪˈtjuːdɪnaɪzɪŋ
compromising
ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ
dehumanizing
diːˈhjuːmənaɪzɪŋ
merchandising
ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪzɪŋ
mesmerizing
ˈmɛzməraɪzɪŋ
nonionizing
nɒnˈaɪəˌnaɪzɪŋ
organizing
ˈɔːɡənaɪzɪŋ
patronizing
ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ
rising
ˈraɪzɪŋ
sermonizing
ˈsɜːmənaɪzɪŋ
sizing
ˈsaɪzɪŋ
surprising
səˈpraɪzɪŋ
unrecognising
ʌnˈrekəɡˌnaɪzɪŋ
unrecognizing
ʌnˈrekəɡˌnaɪzɪŋ
uprising
ˈʌpˌraɪzɪŋ
womanising
ˈwʊməˌnaɪzɪŋ
womanizing
ˈwʊməˌnaɪzɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AGONIZING

agonic
agonic line
agonies
agonise
agonised
agonisedly
agonising
agonisingly
agonist
agonistic
agonistical
agonistically
agonize
agonized
agonizedly
agonizingly
agonothetes
agony
agony aunt
agony column

WORDS THAT END LIKE AGONIZING

advertizing
amazing
appetizing
civilizing
demoralizing
downsizing
energizing
merchandizing
moralizing
nonoxidizing
philosophizing
revitalizing
rightsizing
seizing
self-aggrandizing
supersizing
tantalizing
temporizing
unappetizing
unsympathizing
upsizing

Synonyms and antonyms of agonizing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AGONIZING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «agonizing» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of agonizing

Translation of «agonizing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AGONIZING

Find out the translation of agonizing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of agonizing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «agonizing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

令人痛苦的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

atroz
570 millions of speakers

English

agonizing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

agonizing
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مؤلمة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мучительная
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

angustiante
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মানসিক যন্ত্রণাদায়ক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

atroce
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menyakitkan hati
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

quälend
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

苦痛な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

고통스러운
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Agonizing
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

làm đau đớn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தாங்கொண்ணா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वेदनाकारक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

acı veren
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

straziante
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dywagacje
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

болісна
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

chinuitor
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αγωνιώδη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pynlike
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

plågsamma
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pinefull
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of agonizing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AGONIZING»

The term «agonizing» is quite widely used and occupies the 48.802 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AGONIZING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about agonizing

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10 QUOTES WITH «AGONIZING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word agonizing.
1
Julianna Baggott
Writing is my obsession, my passion. My relationship with it is one of the most complex and agonizing and richly vexing that I have in my life.
2
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
3
John Burdett
'Shun security,' I advise aspiring novelists when they complain to me that they are stuck. 'Get disoriented. Maybe your agonizing writing block isn't agonizing enough. Your enemy is comfort.'
4
Caroline B. Cooney
I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession.
5
Countee Cullen
So in the dark we hide the heart that bleeds, And wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.
6
Sarah Dessen
I don't live in New York or California. I'm in the grocery store, at the park with my kids, and I'm a normal person. I'm feeding my chickens and agonizing about my next book!
7
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
8
Karen Horney
The searching for our selves is the most agonizing, isn't it? - and yet the most stimulating - and one simply cannot escape it.
9
Leslie Howard
The truth is that to enjoy acting one must be an exhibitionist at heart, one must revel in those exposures of the emotions which would be agonizing to a shy or reserved person. All the great actors have been and are exhibitionists.
10
Pierre Loti
I still have in my memory, almost agonizing impressions of a serious illness which I had when I was about eight years old. Those about me called it scarlet fever, and its very name seemed to have a diabolical quality.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AGONIZING»

Discover the use of agonizing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to agonizing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Painful Passage: The Agonizing Search for Religious and ...
Painful Passage is the second novel in a projected trilogy. "Charles Meyers' new novel is a frightening depiction of the persecution of Jews in Portugal during the Inquistion.
Charles Meyers, 2010
2
The Agonizing Wait
Will Jolanda's daily increasing hope to see her husband safely home from the war come true or will they be dashed?
Sophie S., 2009
3
Surviving Depression: My Agonizing Struggle with Sanity
Surviving Depression: My Agonizing Struggle with Sanity is his inspiring and yes, terrifying, account of his battle with disease-including panic attacks, crying, withdrawal from society, hopelessness, and despair.
Robert L. Hamlett, 2008
4
Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics
Returning to that golden era in the late 1940s and 1950s where romance comic books were a pop-cultural phenomenon due to their tales of tragic love combined with advice columns and quizzes, this colorfully illustrated volume features ...
Michael Barson, 2011
5
Harsh realities, agonizing choices: making moral decisions ...
Nine politically hot issues are examined in a pro and con discussion format.
Perry C. Cotham, 1996
6
The Agonizing Road to Self
Dealing interchangeably with drug addiction, raucous sex, urban music, and the objective pursuit of spirituality, The Agonizing Road to Self seeks to turn heads, engage minds, and touch hearts. “If every person on Earth wrote something this ...
Yusuf Blanton, 2014
7
Agonizing Circumstances: A Tale of Betrayal
CHAPTer. 12. a. new. life. francisco Caligiuri arrived at the apartment on Mott Street promptly at 9:00 a.m. Pasqualina was indeed waiting for him and they left immediately for City Hall. Procuring their license to marry took only about forty ...
Joan Grindley, M. Caligiuri Hansen, 2013
8
Against Medical Advice
Follows a family's struggle with their son's mysterious medical disorder that induced violent physical tics and prompted traumatic treatments, a situation that also pitted the family against a disheartening medical establishment.
James Patterson, Hal Friedman, 2009
9
Touch the World Through Prayer
Urgent prayer can be agonizing. Prayer is hard work and more. There are wonderful times of refreshing in prayer, but there are also times of hard, unglamorous, unspectacular labor in intercession. Prayer is realism. Mountains are to be moved ...
Wesley L. Duewel, 1986
10
Heartbreakers: Baseball's Most Agonizing Defeats
The baseball defeats that made grown men cry.
John Kuenster, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AGONIZING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term agonizing is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Dog Owners Warned Their 'Adorable Bundles Of Fluff Will Die A …
“I'm sure that no reasonable person could ever imagine causing the levels of distress to another as they witness the slow and agonizing death ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
2
Don't believe the hype about Greece
If only the referendum marked the end of six agonizing years where Greece has been the symbol for the Eurozone and its future. If only the vote ... «Politico, Jul 15»
3
5 Tools You Need to Update Your Sports Marketing Playbook
Sports are inherently nostalgic. We all share memories of that game-winning play or agonizing defeat. These moments never leave us. «Adweek, Jul 15»
4
Glee for Lee, heartbreak for three
Having started the day at 7-under, Kisner finished his round well before the other leaders and had an agonizing wait to see if 13-under would ... «Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
5
Everything You Need to Know Before the Women's World Cup Final
This match will be a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, which ended with the Japanese handing the Americans an agonizing loss on penalty ... «Complex, Jul 15»
6
Quartet of Crises Threatens Europe's Core
A long, agonizing Greek economic meltdown, whether inside or outside the euro zone, with social unrest and political havoc, might reinforce ... «Newsmax, Jul 15»
7
Dont Believe the Hype About Greece
If only the referendum marked the end of six agonizing years where Greece has been the symbol for the Eurozone and its future. If only the vote ... «Politico, Jul 15»
8
Winthrop's Kevin Cook relatively tremor-free after brain surgery …
After a year and a half of agonizing debate with himself and his wife, Francine, Cook decided to have the surgery, in which a pulse generator ... «The State, Jul 15»
9
Hallelujah! All-Star voting not Royals mess
No one suffered a slow, painful, agonizing death Sunday. Well, except for the Japanese women's soccer team. But the disaster that for weeks ... «Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jul 15»
10
Chile Emerges From The Shadows Of Football Obscurity To Create …
It ended La Roja's agonizing 99 year wait to be crowned the Copa America Champions. As thousands of Chileans danced into the night in the ... «The Hard Tackle, Jul 15»

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